Monday, September 29, 2014

Fw: The Little Rock Nine, B.J. Novak's New Book, Booty Shaking in Pop, and More...

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Korean soap operas are saving endangered languages, breast pumps are getting a makeover, kosher foods are taking on a hipster sensibility, and more...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

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The Little Rock Nine: How Far Has the Country Come?

On September 25, 1957, federal troops escorted black students into Central High School in the Arkansas capital. But school integration remains an unfinished task.

Noah Gordon

The Fall of the Zen Butcher

Bartlett Durand wanted to bring animal slaughter out into the open. But his neighbors in Mount Horab, Wisconsin, felt otherwise.

Marissa Landrigan


Saving Languages Through Korean Soap Operas

An online-media company has teamed up with linguists to preserve endangered tongues.

Rose Eveleth

Murder in a Time Before Google

In 1973 my father was killed by his best friend, but according to the Internet he never even existed.

Nichole Beaudry

Kosher Meets Hipster

American Millennials follow Jewish dietary laws at nearly twice the rate of Baby Boomers, perhaps finding the ancient laws fit well with contemporary concerns about sustainability.

Anna Goren

Will "Cisgender" Survive?

The linguistic complement to "transgender" has achieved some popularity, but faces social and political obstacles to dictionary coronation.

Paula Blank

Women Appreciate Good Booty-Shaking, Too

Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, and Nicky Minaj twerk for the camera—and a same-sex audience.

Noah Berlatsky

Building a Better Breast Pump

The noisy, sometimes ill-fitting devices are often necessary for mothers who want to continue breastfeeding. A hackathon this weekend strove for better designs.

Rachel Ehrenberg

B.J. Novak Proves That Kids' Books Don't Need Pictures

The former actor and writer for The Office has found a mischievous way to entertain preschoolers through the written word alone.

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz

Magazine: Why I Hope to Die at 75

An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly

Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Video: What Do You Wish You Had Learned in College?

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of academics within some of America's top universities to reveal what they regret from their undergraduate years.

In Focus: Photos of the Week: 9/20-9/26

This week, images of a storm cloud over Sydney, synchronized swimmers at the Asian Games, multiple scenes from in and around Syria, a city in Sierra Leone locked down to fight ebola, effigies of demon king Ravana in India, and much more.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fw: A Common Meditation for All Souls--Sunday, September 28, 2014

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A Common Meditation for All Souls


The human mind, in its desire to know, understand, and control, mistakes its opinions and viewpoints for the truth. It says: this is how it is. You have to be larger than thought to realize that, however you interpret "your life" or someone else's life or behavior, however you judge any situation, it is no more than a viewpoint, one of many possible perspectives. It is no more than a bundle of thoughts. But reality is one unified whole, in which all things are interwoven, where nothing exists in and by itself. Thinking fragments reality; it cuts it up into conceptual bits and pieces. The thinking mind is a useful and powerful tool, but it is also very limiting when it takes over your life completely, when you don't realize that it is only a small aspect of the consciousness that you are. Wisdom is not a product of thought. The deep knowing that is wisdom arises through the simple act of giving someone or something your full attention. Attention is primordial intelligence, consciousness itself. It dissolves the barriers created by conceptual thought, and with this comes the recognition that nothing exists in and by itself. It joins the perceiver and the perceived in a unifying field of awareness. It is the healer of separation.

(Eckhart Tolle, 1948 - ) 

This is the day we are given;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.



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Friday, September 26, 2014

Fw: The End of Swedish Exceptionalism

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The End of Swedish Exceptionalism The End of Swedish Exceptionalism
Why the Elections Mark a New Era for Politics
By Bo Rothstein

The days of Swedish exceptionalism are over. The country no longer has an exceptionally strong social democracy. Its level of inequality is no longer exceptionally low, and its level of public spending will no longer be exceptionally high. From now on, it will be closer to...

Flying High Flying High
The Improbable Rise of the Gulf Airlines
By Jim Krane

The Persian Gulf's state-owned airlines are already major global brands associated with hospitality, convenience, and safety. And even as conflicts rage nearby, they're still ascending. Their arrival has been to the airline business -- and could be to regional politics --...

ISIS Goes to Asia ISIS Goes to Asia
Extremism in the Middle East Isn't Only Spreading West
By Joseph Chinyong Liow

In assembling an international coalition to combat ISIS, the United States has looked mostly to the Middle East and Europe, regions that it said face a direct threat from the militant Islamist group. But other parts of the world are just as anxious about ISIS -- above all,...

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Halfway There Halfway There
Why the Left Wins on Culture and Loses on Economics
By Michael Kazin

Why are gay rights advancing while organized labor retreats? Because of a long-term trend in which the American left has largely succeeded in pushing its social agenda but not its economic one.

Toil and Trouble Toil and Trouble
Scotland's Vote Created More Problems Than It Solved
By Charles King

The United Kingdom has been saved -- for now. But last week's referendum marks the beginning, not the end, of a debate on the United Kingdom's constitutional order, its party system, its territorial configuration, and its relationship with Europe.

The Retrenchment War The Retrenchment War
Why the War Against ISIS Will Be Fought On the Cheap
By Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent

The Obama administration's war against ISIS is entirely consistent with its previous efforts to limit U.S. foreign policy entanglements. Indeed, Washington's strategy is cribbed straight from the retrenchment handbook.

Born Free Born Free
How to Prevent Human Trafficking
By Sarah E. Mendelson

With the MDGs coming to an end in 2015, the international community is now close to agreeing to what comes next. And here, there is some good news for those working to end trafficking. In several places, the draft goals explicitly and implicitly address combating human...

Hot Water in Ukraine Hot Water in Ukraine
Letter From Kiev
By Balazs Jarabik

Residents of Ukraine are frustrated and anxious. Facing increasing economic hardship, they have little hope that things will get better. Indeed, things couldn’t get much worse.

Brothers in Trouble? Brothers in Trouble?
Gomaa Amin and the Future of the Muslim Brotherhood
By Eric Trager and Gavi Barnhard

Despite setbacks, the Brotherhood has refused to rethink its approach. In fact, from the group’s standpoint, its members are still engaged in the very same struggle that has defined the Brotherhood’s work since its 1928 founding: “Islamizing” Egyptian society so that it can...

Afghanistan's Best Bet Afghanistan's Best Bet
Can Ghani and Abdullah Save their Country?
By Jonah Blank

On Sunday, Ashraf Ghani was declared the victor in a contest to determine Afghanistan’s next president. The process has been infuriating. But the end result was the best possible outcome: best for Afghanistan, best for the region, and best for the United States.

Closed Door Policy Closed Door Policy
How China's Reforms Are Pushing Away Foreign Business
By Joshua Eisenman

Beijing has become less open to foreign businesses, subjecting them to costly fines, denying their mergers, refusing their applications for licenses, and detaining and deporting their managers. And the market has responded: In August, foreign direct investment into China...